Last week, Pooja from Stories from Europe nominated me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. I saw this awards on some blogs but I did not think I will receive the nomination this early. So once again, thank you! 🙂 Check out Pooja’s blog for her cool journeys in different parts of Europe, some even by bikes, as well as the stories about her mystical home country Nepal.

What is Sunshine Blogger Award?

Sunshine blogger award is given out by bloggers to fellow bloggers who blog about positive, happy and inspiring content. I found this is a brilliant way to discover new blogs and create a network with other bloggers.

If my nominees want to accept the award, I encourage you to read and follow the rules below:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blogs.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

Here are my answers to the eleven questions that Pooja asked:

1. What is the one place that you keep going back to?

Paris. I have been there four times and still planning to go back, even though I only know three French words: bonjour, merci and excuse moim. I found Paris somehow alluring, despite being more touristic and more dangerous in recent years.

2. What joys does blogging bring you?

Well, I think blogging is a great way to connect people. It is even more friendly and more professional than social media.Through blogging, I am able to share my stories (and pictures) with people around the word. Blogging also helps me improving my writing skill – a skill which I have never thought that I had before 🙂

3. What is your favorite international food?

Everything with rice is fine for me, but my favorite would be sushi, especially salmon.

4. What food do you like the best from your country?

Question 4 and 5 might be a bit confusing for me to answer, as I was born and raised in Vietnam but living in Germany right now. So I guess, I should talk about both.

  • For Vietnam: Bánh mì (Vietnamese baguette), broken rice with grilled pork and summer rolls (the unfried version of spring rolls). Phở might be our traditional dish, but it is not my favorite.
  • For Germany: Eisbein (boiled ham hock), grilled sausage and sauerkraut (German cabbage). But I don’t eat them daily, too unhealthy.

5. Name three reasons why I should visit your country.

  • For Vietnam: Foods, beaches, and wild nature in Northern Vietnam, including the Halong Bay.
  • For Germany: Charming old towns, fairytale castles, and Hamburg – the unique harbor city 🙂

6. What are some of the best travel-themed books you’ve read?

I don’t know whether fictional books can be counted as travel-themed books but I like the works of Jules Verne, including Around the world in eighty days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea.

7. If you could change your gender for one day, what would you do?

A tricky question, but I guess I would do the same thing as I am doing right now. Attending courses in the university, hanging out with friends, traveling, etc. Maybe I would try wearing high-heels. I am fascinated how people can hold the balance on those shoes. But to be honest, I found gender is relatively irrelevant, we are all human and we are equal. You can do whatever you feel right regardless your gender. But unfortunately, many people will disagree with this opinion – too liberal for them 🙂

8. Have you ever lived abroad? If yes, what places?

Yes, and for several years already. I am living in Hamburg, Germany.

9. How many languages do you speak? What are they?

I can speak four languages: Vietnamese, English, German and some Mandarin.

10. Name some of the outdoor activities that you enjoy doing?

Hiking and swimming. I would like to try skiing but I am worried that I will be injured. There is a good chance that I will hurt myself 🙂

11. What are the most overrated places you’ve been to?

I found the Oktoberfest in Munich is overrated.  Munich is undoubtedly a beautiful city, but the folk festival is not my taste. It is a German tradition but there are three reasons I  avoid Oktoberfest: overpriced foods and drinks, sober people, and too crowded. It is just my subjective opinion, but it might change in the future (who knows).

My 11 questions to the nominees are:

  1. When did you start blogging and why?
  2. What is your favorite destination and why?
  3. Name five destinations on your bucket list?
  4. Do you prefer to travel alone or with others?
  5. Name three Must-have items for you while traveling (mobile phones and camera do not count, as we always bring them with us)?
  6. Which meal do you think you cannot skip while traveling?
  7. Do you prefer local specialties or something you are familiar with like burger, pasta, etc.?
  8. If you have tried some specialties, which dish left a strong impression on you?
  9. Who is the most interesting person you have ever met on your journey?
  10. Assumed that you are a solo traveler, are you afraid to ask strangers for help, or maybe just take a picture for you?
  11. Have you ever getting into trouble (e.g. scams, thefts, lost luggage, etc.) or any dangerous situation while traveling? How did you handle the situation?

Here are my 11 nominees *drum roll*

  1. Misa Gjone from Misa’s Travel Blog
  2. Uliana from Spring to My Mind
  3. Urska from Slovenian Girl Abroad
  4. Viivi from Go Travel Global
  5. Cikitaokt from The Black Veil Ones
  6. Estrella from La Casabloga
  7. Vy from VYLYST
  8. The Wayfarer from Whiskey Sour Wayfarer
  9. Aline from ALIFE
  10. Ishita from Italophilia
  11. Paige from For the Love of Wanderlust

These young, talented ladies wrote about their travel experience, some wrote about lifestyle and cooking as well. So please check them out 😉


  1. Hi Len, thanks for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award 🙂
    It was really interesting to read your answers)) I understand this is the concept you are going for – writing from camera’s point of view, but when I started reading your blog, I was really curious who is that boy behind the camera taking all those great pics 😀

    1. Many thanks for your very kind words! Actually, I intended to introduce myself in the future post when I talk about my home country. But this challenge is a good chance to present myself as well, so why not 🙂

  2. Hi Len,
    I saw this post a bit late, but I loved reading the answers!
    Wearing heels is indeed very difficult, ha ha. I don’t find it comfortable at all, so I don’t own one pair even though I am quite short. I read “Around the World in 80 days” few months ago too, but I found to be a bit too overstretched, so I was bored often in between reading. But of course it’s a great classic! Good to know about Oktoberfest, not that I am planning to go there anytime soon 😀 I’ve been wanting to go to Vietnam for a while now. I knew many Vietnamese students when I was studying in Finland and one thing for sure is that Vietnamese people just love to cook and eat! I was always surprised at the variety of yummy looking dishes they made, so food is definitely one of the reasons I want to go there 🙂

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